I was dragging my feet with a costume for our daughter this year because I just didn’t know what she could handle. If you have ever dealt with a kid with sensory issues who is especially struggling with clothing (click HERE, HERE and HERE to read about her) then you know that store bought Halloween costumes are especially awful for them. The texture, the seams, the tags and velcro.
Last year she was the sugar skull (click HERE) and she wore a plain mumu-like dress that I had bought at H&M, like this one HERE. I managed to come up with an idea for this year where she can wear the same dress again but the look is completely different. And that’s all thanks to amazing face paint Snazaroo (click HERE and face paint brushes HERE), some black Duck Tape and a black cape.
Thankfully she doesn’t mind wearing things on her head most of the time. And since last year she loves being something a little more scary. She used to only want to be a princess or fairy and I’m so glad she loves playing along with different characters now.
So here is what we did. And sorry for the cellphone pictures but that’s how I roll when I’m DIYing 😉
- I used cut up grocery bags to line her head, so the tape doesn’t stick to her hair. Be very careful! I taped the shape of her skull over the grocery bags.
- I took it off her head and cut out the front triangle piece/widows peak. (Later I taped a piece of alligator printed craft felt onto that peak for a little added detail.) I also cut around the edges to get rid of the overlapping grocery bags.
- Then I put another grocery bag on her head (always tell your kids to not do this on their own) and put the cap back on. This is to be able to tape more on the bottom back part of her head and over her ears.
- To ensure being able to easily take the piece off and on, I cut a slit in the back of it
- It’s time for horns! I used aluminum foil to shape the horns and taped them to her cap.
- I made sure they are both bent the same way.
- I used two toilet paper rolls for the bottom of the horns but you don’t have to. It works just fine with only aluminum foil. I then kept taping around the horns until they were all covered and felt solid.
- And viola a finished costume.
I know, I know sorry you want to know how I made her stick, right? I used one of those Squishy Ball* things that my kids had. It blinks. I cut it open, removed the blinking gadget. I had some green thin upholstery foam that I used to wrap the blinking gadget and then I taped everything to a stick that I found in the woods. Now if she taps the stick on the ground it blinks 😉 She loves it.
The make up was very easy to do too. And the cape is an adult sized short vampire cape. You can, of course, add more detail to that as well but I think it looks fine just the way it is. Don’t you agree?
I only had to buy the felt and 2 rolls of tape. Not bad!
In the photos above she is wearing the same type of dress 😉
It’s unbelievable how much she likes to model though. She gets right into character and has an awesome time with me taking photos. I’m sure you can tell that she enjoyed herself!
Also check out my other costumes ideas: